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This April marks the 50th Anniversary of EXPO 67.
Expo 67 was open from April to October, 1967 in Montreal, Canada.
2017 marks the 5oth anniversary. The site consisted of two islands and a peninsula in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. The admission ticket was referred to as a passport and entitled the holders to free entry to all pavilions as well as unlimited use of the mass transit system – Expo-Express. The passport could be filled with “visa stamps” at the National Pavilions.
No one anticipated the success of Expo 67. The issue of what do with the site was the subject of many newspaper debates and articles. Some people suggested transforming the entire area into a residential complex; others suggested a campus for an international university managed by the United Nations. Mayor Jean Drapeau ended the debate in October by announcing that an exhibition called Man and His World, the theme of Expo 67, would be permanently located there.
The national pavilions that were donated to the city would be integrated into this exhibition. This approach benefited the donor countries as it deferred their demolition costs. Man and His World opened in 1968, and the opening ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Several countries participated in this new exhibition in 1968, which was also attended by 20 million people. Some pavilions were added or transformed, according to the new themes.
Robert Charlebois, Gilles Vigneault, Louis Armstrong and Ravi Shankar gave performances enjoyed by everyone. The various musical genres represented by these artists demonstrated the cultural diversity and musical effervescence of the time. It was a preferred meeting place and an important cultural crossroads, where many artists from here and abroad expanded our horizons. Despite its wonderful potential, Man and His World was not as successful over the years as was hoped, and it was closed in 1981.
References: Archives of Canada